The Building Regulations establish accepted standards for the design and construction of buildings for:
the health and safety of people in and around buildings
access to buildings.Who must comply with the Building Regulations?
The responsibility for compliance usually falls on the builder. However, this should be agreed by the parties to the construction project at the start of negotiations.
Moreover, the building owner is ultimately the person who may be served with an enforcement notice if the work is not compliant with the Regulations.What type of building work must comply with the Building Regulations?
A number of building projects constitute ‘building work’ and, as such, must comply with the Building Regulations.
Regulation 3 of the Building Regulations defines ‘building work’ as:
the erection (or extension) of a building
the installation (or extension) of a service or fitting controlled by the Regulations
an ‘alteration project’ consisting of work that temporarily or permanently affects the continued compliance of the building, service or
fitting with requirements relating to structure, fire or access to (and use of) the buildings
the placement of insulation into a cavity wall
the underpinning of the building foundations.
All works should not render fabric, services and fittings less compliant (or more dangerous) than they were previously.What do the Building Regulations cover?
Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations exhaustively list the requirements with which building work should comply:
Part A – Structure
Part B – Fire safety
Part C – Site preparation and moisture resistance
Part D – Toxic substances
Part E – Resistance to sound passage
Part F – Ventilation
Part G – Hygiene
Part H – Drainage and waste disposal
Part J – Combustion appliances and fuel storage systems
Part K – Protection from falling, collision and impact
Part L – Conservation of fuel and power
Part M – Access to and use of buildings
Part N – Glazing – safety in connection with impact, opening and cleaning
Part P – Electrical safety.
The requirements in Schedule 1 are often referred to as ‘functional requirements’ and make reference to what is ‘reasonable’, ‘adequate’ or ‘appropriate’.